PI Girls, as you know, I love reading God’s Word and I will be contributing a couple of articles a month on a “Bible study” topic for you. My prayer is that these pieces will deepen your faith, stir a hunger for more truth and spark an interest in other facets of your relationship with Christ.
Do you struggle with patience, trusting, waiting, and walking by faith and not by physical sight? Or do you believe, hope, trust and persevere?
I’m not going to sugarcoat this topic. Waiting is hard. Patience is also known as “long suffering,” or to suffer for a long period of time. (See Galatians 5:22-23.) Interesting, isn’t it? Yet the time we wait on the Lord is actually strengthening us, sharpening us, teaching us to rely and depend on the Holy One we call upon. (Read James 1.)
Even though I sometimes find it hard to wait on the Lord for the fruition of the visions He has given me, at the same time, I sometimes turn the perspective around and rejoice in the depth of the love of the Lord and the richness of the revelation in the seasons of dryness. The wilderness moments can be so telling of our journey, too. Do we REALLY believe God? Is he REALLY enough? If He is, then (and I preach to myself) let God be enough. For as the scripture declares:
Godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6)
Can the God of the universe really do what He says and what He promised? When Jesus was asked by a man to heal his son from a deaf and mute spirit, Jesus told the man it was possible only if he believed. Remember, it is also about the measure of OUR faith. The father of the mute child apologized, and asked God to help his unbelief. Moments later, his son was healed.
Jesus told us if it is God’s will, then yes, He can, and He will. The revelation for us as believers is that the occurrence is inevitable, but the timing is unpredictable. We don’t know when the Lord will deliver us unto His promises, or when we will receive a breakthrough for the hopes and dreams in our hearts, but what we do know is that GOD IS FAITHFUL. Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:3)
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:23)
How do we wait on God before we see the miracle? How do we know that God will come through? We stand on the scriptures. We believe firmly in the Holy Word of the Bible. We have to believe in faith.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
Beloved, precious girls, remember that the goal in waiting is not to harm us or to tease us or to torment us, but rather to make us Christ-like, and to eventually lead us to wanting nothing but God himself (Philippians 3:10). Honestly, that is the place where I am—dependent upon nothing but Jesus. People fail us, but oh, how wonderful the loving, living Almighty God is. HE NEVER FAILS US!
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:4)
What are you waiting for? Do you really believe that God is who He says He is—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? I encourage you to TRUST HIM. Believe that no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly and righteously with Him, amen? If God isn’t answering your prayer, it’s most likely because it’s either not good for you right now, not good for you at all or God has something BETTER planned! God is too good! He will not forget you, daughter of the King! He LOVES YOU! Do you believe this? I am standing on the Word that does not return empty. I will wait on the promises of God. I know He is so faithful.
Let’s not harden our hearts if we don’t get the answer we want right away. But let us ask for faith and steadfastness and for God’s perfect will, which is the best for your life and my life.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. (Psalm 84:11)
To read more on trials, waiting and trusting in God, reference these Bible verses: Isaiah 40:31, James 1, Hebrews 1, Mark 9.
PI Girls, do you ever find it hard to walk by faith and wait on the Lord? Do you have any tips to share for your PI Girls?